Stoke City told of transfer 'concern' amid link to Sheffield Wednesday hero

Josh Windass celebrates his goal on the final day at Sunderland
Pain game... Owls striker Josh Windass -Credit:Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Former England midfielder Carlton Palmer says the fact Josh Windass played just 25 games last season in the Championship is a concern for any club trying to sign him.

Stoke City have been linked with the Sheffield Wednesday forward alongside West Brom, Hull City and Derby County as the 30-year-old comes to the end of his current deal this summer. He is likely to have no shortage of suitors, and America could also be a potential destination for the striker who scored seven goals last season.

Stoke will revamp their attack this summer after seeing Tyrese Campbell leave the club, but Wednesday legend Palmer says the fact you have to go back to the 2020/21 season for the last time Windass played more than 40 games is a problem.

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"Josh Windass is out of contract this summer, and talks are ongoing with Sheffield Wednesday," Palmer told FLW.

"Josh has been an integral part of Sheffield Wednesday in the last few seasons. Of course, he scored the winning goal at Wembley to get them promoted back to the Championship. He's hugely popular with the supporters, and is enjoying his time with Danny Rohl as I'm sure the rest of the players are."

"The likes of Stoke, West Brom, Derby County and Hull are all monitoring the situation with Josh, as well as him being coveted by clubs in the MLS. I know Josh has an American girlfriend, and going to America is something which would interest him.

"He's enjoying his football under Danny Rohl, but Sheffield Wednesday have to weigh up the option that Josh is 30 now, which is no age, but there will be a concern that he only played 25 Championship games last season - 28 in all competitions. If you're giving him a new long-term contract, that would be a problem.

"He played 34 in 22/23, nine in 21/22 and 41 in 2020/21, so you have to go a long way back to when he's played a large number of games. You've got to bear that in mind when signing Josh on a contract."

A lack of goals has plagued the Potters for several seasons now, and addressing the issue will be a key feature of Steven Schumacher's summer transfer plans.

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